Review | Wednesday is pure Tim Burton, but the Netflix series is still not as original as expected

The Netflix series Wednesday, directed by Tim Burton, combines the teenage angst of a goth girl from The Addams Family, a coming-of-age story and a murder mystery.

The Addams Family on Charles Addamsin a strip comic created in 1938 that has spawned a number of TV series and movies over the years. There have been the most famous of them Barry Sonnenfeldin made in 1991 as his first directorial debut The Addams Family – a film that was made into a sequel The Addams Family Values a couple of years later.

Originally, I was supposed to be the director of the film Tim Burtonbut he had to skip the task while concentrating on doing Batman Returns – movie. Now known for his gothic romances, Burton is making up for this lack by directing Netflix Wednesday-four of the eight episodes of the series, and acting as the corresponding producer of the series.

Created by Wednesday Alfred Cough and Miles Millarwhich are known for, among other things, series Smallville and Into the Badlands. The series is about the teenage Wednesday Addams (Jenna Ortega), who has trouble adjusting to regular school and is therefore sent to Nevermore, a boarding school for slightly more eccentric youth.

The same school once served as a study center for Wednesday’s parents as well.


Dressed in black and gloomy, the girl doesn’t smile much and is otherwise like any other teenager: omniscient and burdensome, but at the same time searching for herself, a child in need of friendship and care. Wednesday makes it clear that he can do just fine on his own, but he is also slowly starting to notice the benefits of being surrounded by well-meaning people.

Teenage angst is accompanied by a murder mystery when a mysterious monster starts tearing people to pieces in the forest. In the background, the persecution of people who stand out from the norm hundreds of years ago.

Ortega’s petite, plaited Wednesday is surrounded by figures much taller than her, of which the Gwendoline Christian presented by the principal. A small but peppery character, both verbally and physically, she shows the place in the closet to anyone who questions her. Ortega is once again excellent in his unsmiling role.

The excellent Thing also gets to play a central role, a loose hand who, according to Wednesday, is sent as a spy, but who becomes an important friend to both the girl and her school friends.


Oozing with gothic romance, macabre humor and a bit of blood and guts, Wednesday looks just like a Tim Burton production. It’s dark and self-deprecating, like Wednesday Addams herself, and there’s no attempt to modernize the Addams family, even though the show is set in the present day, but it’s just as weird as ever.

However, Wednesday isn’t quite as uniquely original as you’d expect from its cast, and the series suffers from not giving its characters enough meat around their bones. The series slips a little too painlessly into the same compartment Riverdalen and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina -type youth series.

Wednesday does not offer big surprises during its eight episodes, and it doesn’t take much to guess the culprit.

In the 1991 film, Wednesday Addams was played by a 10-year-old Christina Ricci, which returns to the Addams Family world also in the Netflix series. This time, however, she plays the kind and considerate Miss Thornhill, who works as a teacher at the Nevermore school.

Morticia and Gomez Addams are seen in supporting roles (still madly in love with each other). Catherine Zeta-Jones and Luis Guzman.

The eight-episode Wednesday will be released on Netflix on November 23, 2022.

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